Unfortunately, we live in a world where violence and crime often go unpunished. The world situation can change for the worse very quickly no matter where you live. Many people understand this fact and have recently started to do something about it. They are preparing their home and family for the possibility of not only living in this dangerous world but surviving. They often start by purchasing a good book on survival techniques and tips.
Two of the more important aspects to any family survival plan are food and water. Both of these commodities should be adequately produced and stored. One area however that is often neglected when it comes to the food crop is medicinal herbs. A good supply of medicinal herbs can make the difference between life and death for any survival situation. The good news is that medicinal herbs are easy to grow and store.
It is a well known fact that medicinal herbs have been used for centuries by the Chinese. The Chinese have long appreciated herbs as an traditional form of treatment. In Western cultures the use of medicinal herbs goes all the way back to the Greek Civilization. It is unmistakable then that any family survival plan would include a selection of medicinal herbs for the survival garden. As an added benefit, we see that many of the traditional herbs that are beneficial for medical treatments are also used for cooking delicious meals.
One of the most important herbs to grow that will fit both the medicinal and culinary categories is basil. Basil is often called the King of all Herbs. It is well known as a culinary must for any meal with pasta or an appetizer, such as, pesto. More importantly, however, is its qualities of being a healing herb. It has, oftentimes, been used as a natural anti-inflammatory. Also, it appears to have a mild antiseptic role in certain situations. Basil has been used to treat nausea, lack of appetite, cuts, abrasions and flatulence.
Another important herb to include in any family survival garden is chamomile. If basil is the King of Herbs then chamomile is the Queen. In the Western world, it is perhaps one of the most popular of the herbs. The flower heads of the chamomile plant are frequently used in teas and infusions. Both can be used to treat a variety of conditions such as skin inflammations, anxiety, and indigestion. Chamomile, when used as a tea, will serve as a mild sedative for anyone who suffers with insomnia. It is also been used to ease migraine headaches by chewing on the leaves. Anyone who suffers from the debilitating disease of arthritis will often claim that they find relief of arthritic pain when drinking chamomile tea.
Despite the citrusy name, lemon balm is actually a form of mint. It’s been prized for centuries as an effective calming herb. It’s also useful for soothing digestive irregularities and strengthening the appetite. It can be used in teas, baths, and a variety of different recipes.
If you still think of parsley as nothing more than a garnish, you need to update your understanding of this helpful herb. Parsley is a biennial plant that lives for two growing seasons. Chewing a sprig of parsley is an excellent way to freshen your breath, but that’s just the beginning of its benefits. Parsley is one of the best plants you can cultivate for keeping up your iron levels. Parsley tea is an excellent diuretic and anti-gas treatment, and it can also be an invigorating pick-me-up thanks to its high iron levels.
Sage has been recognized as a potent medicinal herb for thousands of years. Even the ancient Greeks understood its many healing benefits. Today the verified antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects of sage make it a vital crop in your survival garden. Sage can help disinfect wounds, stop bleeding, and accelerate the healing process. A tincture of sage (warm water with sage juice) is also a great treatment for sore throats.
Thyme is an excellent antiseptic that’s useful for a variety of different medical uses. It’s particularly good against fungal infections, and it can also treat basic digestive and respiratory ailments. Thyme is a hardy perennial that’s easy to grow in a variety of different climates, even colder ones.
Rosemary has long had a folksy association with mental aptitude and a strong memory, and today there’s some actual science to back up that link. Stimulating your nervous system is far from rosemary’s only benefit, though. It’s a great expectorant for treating congestion and it’s also a useful analgesic for minor pain relief.
Peppermint is often called the king of the digestive herbs, and it’s definitely true that taking peppermint is an excellent way to treat a host of different stomach ailments. Besides the medicinal benefits, of course, peppermint is also an outstanding herb for culinary and aromatic use. Note that peppermint is an opportunistic plant that thrives in adverse conditions; you’ll probably want to plant your peppermint in isolated pots rather than in your garden.
Lavender’s reputation as the best of the calming herbs is well-earned. There are few other things you can grow which will do such a good job of relieving stress and soothing aches and pains. Lavender is also a good antiseptic, making it useful for wound treatment.
Most of these herbs are very easy to grow and can be grown either outdoors or if you live in an inappropriate climate, they can easily be grown indoors. It is important to include these medicinal herbs in your survival plan.
Bob Grobe is the president of Healthy Living Products and has been helping people across the globe to enjoy improved health and a higher quality of life for more than 40 years. His blog Natural Health News is filled with information about healthy living and its advantages.